-Obama administration is working to repeal DHHS regulation that prevents health care organizations that receive federal funds from firing or refusing to hire health care workers who refuse to dispense medical care for "moral" reasons. Still wishy-washy on actual "conscience" clauses which allow health care workers to refuse medical care in the first place. Important distinction: what is being repealed is the idea that a clinic that provides family planning services could fire someone who refuses to dispense birth control for their refusal. What is not being repealed is their supposed right to refuse care. This concept of conscience clauses and right to refuse care can and does apply to much more than reproductive health. Doctors could refuse to see or touch gay or trans patients, pharmacists could refuse to dispense medications to people who are transitioning, EMTs could withhold lifesaving measures from someone they found "repulsive" and claim conscience.

What I want to know is: what kind of conscience can rationalize refusing medical care, which in some cases is life saving and in almost all cases is necessary to some degree, on the basis of personally not wanting to encourage "immoral" behavior? What kind of conscience thinks that another person's health and LIFE is worth less than their ability to say they are "moral"? When did your right to a "clean" conscience trump the right of someone else to live? You have to think that this person in front of you has less of a right to live than you have to sleep at night. Its fucking psychotic. How dare you call yourself moral when you are willing to let people die for your conscience?

(rest of the rant is here
This was posted in an anti-racism community that i frequent. The original article is rather long, and the more i read it the more shocked, angered and saddened i felt.

Critics Cost Muslim Educator Her Dream School

The basic gist is that this woman helped to start a school that was focussed on teaching Arabic, servicing the Arab-American population, and on global studies along with regular NY school district curriculum. She was thwarted by a bunch of xenophobic, hate mongering racist asses who used scare tactics and guilt by association to paint her as a Muslim extremist who would be teaching aspects of what they (who have very little applied knowledge on this subject) define as "radical Islam." Because she was unwilling to disavow her culture or her religion, she was demonized, hounded and eventually forced to resign. the school and the children attending it are still suffering and being subjected to ridiculous media attention and mishandling, as well as protestors. Thats right, protestors, at a middle school. Its beginning to remind me of pictures, video and editorials from the desegregation era.

i cannot be terribly eloquent at the moment as I am still reeling from the jack-assery that this woman was subjected to.

this cant be my country, these cant be people who are in any way reasonable, I do not recognize these people as my countrymen/women. To quote one of my favorite righteous babes: "These are not my laws, these are not my rules"




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